Bulletin for Sunday, January 22, 2023

Welcome to

St. John’s United Church of Christ

Sunday, January 22, 2023

223 West College Avenue, Bluffton, OH  45817

Rev. Jeremy Mann (419-420-5052) Church (419-358-5641)

Email:  blufftonstjohnsucc@gmail.com

Website:  www.blufftonstjohns.com


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

PRELUDE    “When Morning Gilds the Skies”   arr. Dale Wood


OPENING PRAISE AND WORSHIP             “Raise a Hallelujah”

   Lyric Video    Bethel Music


One:   The people who walked in darkness

All:      have seen a great light.

One:   Those who lived in a land of deep darkness –

All:     On them light has shined.

            Thanks be to God!



All:      Almighty God, we confess that we have not been faithful to you in our thoughts and actions.  We have been selfish in our desires and quarrelsome in our relationships.  We have allowed fear to divide us from those who seem different, and let distrust separate us from our brothers and sisters.  Shine your light into our darkened hearts.  Save us from our divisive ways.  Unite us in the same mind as Jesus Christ who dwells with you and the Holy Spirit in perfect harmony.  Amen.

                      (Moment of Silent Personal Confession)    



PASTORAL PRAYER (Joys and Concerns)

One:   Loving God, your light reveals the needs of our world, and your salvation offers hope to the lost.  Therefore we pray for our world and our community.

All:     God of light, hear our prayer.

One:   For your holy church, that all the baptized may live in harmony with one another, and our pastors and teachers may be wise and gracious ministers of the gospel;

All:     God of light, hear our prayer.

One:   For the world and for all who suffer the rod of oppression: break the yoke of violence, and free all people from the burden of war and domestic strife;

All:     God of light, hear our prayer.

One:   For the leaders of the nations, that they may be just and faithful in their duty and serve the good of all creation;

All:     God of light, hear our prayer.

One:   For those who suffer disease of body and mind, that they may know the power of your healing grace;

All:     God of light, hear our prayer.

One:   For those who have died and for those who will die this day, that they may find eternal rest; and for those who care for the dying that they may find peace and comfort.

All:     God of light, hear our prayer.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (“debts” and “debtors”)

*HYMN OF PREPARATION   “Fairest Lord Jesus”       P. 123


Matthew 4:12-23 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee, Calls the First Disciples, and Ministers to Crowds

12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,

    on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles—

16 the people who sat in darkness

    have seen a great light,

and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death

    light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishers. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

23 Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

MESSAGE       “The Man from Many Lands”          Pastor Jeremy

*STATEMENT OF FAITH (Apostle’s Creed)

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*HYMN OF RESPONSE       “The Summons”                             P. 350


  • Call to Sharing
  • Dedicating our Gifts (In Unison)

            God of our salvation, receive these gifts we offer and bless them for the work of your kingdom, through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.




        “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”                    P. 712       (Vs. 1)

POSTLUDE  “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”  P. Liljestrand


*Please stand if you are able.

Welcome to St. John’s as we gather in Jesus’ name to answer God’s call: “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:8).

Flowers this morning are presented to the glory of God by the Kempf family in celebration of Connie Kempf’s birthday which was January 21. Happy Birthday, Connie!

Attendance January 15, 2023:  46

Offering:  $1,608.00

TODAY, Informal Conversation and Coffee

            Re:  missions for 2023, future directions for St. John’s

            Oppermann Hall

            Please attend

Sunday, January 29—Combined Worship

AT Emmanuel UCC, 10:30 a.m.

            Potluck in Fellowship Hall after worship service

            NO Sunday School at St. John’s

February 22—Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)

                Ashes to go, Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 7 to 9 AM

Evening service AT Emmanuel UCC, 7:00 p.m.

This Week At St. John’s

            Tues., Jan. 24—Excellence in Ministry, morning

                        TOPS, 5:30 p.m., Oppermann Hall

                Wednes., Jan. 25—Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.

Prayer List

            Family of Ramon Lewis

            Gayle Marshall

Adam Shanaman

                Residents of storm-torn states

Worship Participants

Marci Stahl, Liturgist

Sue Hardwick, Organist Blaine Bauman, Sound/Screens Te

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